I started with a piece of watercolor paper cut to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 that I treated with an embossing buddy. I then stamped the feather image from the stamp set Feather Together in Versamark ink randomly on the watercolor paper. I then heat set the images using white embossing powder and my heat tool.
Once the watercolor paper had cooled down, I coated the entire piece with clean clear water using a flat paintbrush. I smooshed two distress inks (peacock feathers and shaded lilac) onto my homemade palette made from a piece of white cardstock that I laminated. I used a size 8 paintbrush to apply a light wash of both colors using a generous amount of water to allow the colors to mix. I dried the piece with my heat tool and applied more color using the same method. I did this several times until I got the intensity of color I was looking for. I then added some splatters of clean clear water and picked the splatters up with a paper towel. Distress inks react beautifully to water so by adding the water splatters and allowing them to react with the inks before absorbing the water with a paper towel, this leaves a really nice effect on the finished product.
I then added some additional splatters using the distress inks. I wanted to add some pops of gold on the card so I got out my FineTec Artist Gold watercolors and added some ink splatters of the gold to the background. I then painted a scrap piece of watercolor paper using the same gold watercolor. I applied the color, dried it with my heat tool, and then reapplied color until I got the deep gold color.
I used the painted hello die from Simon Says Stamp to cut out the sentiment from the scrap piece of watercolor paper I colored gold. I also cut out two additional hello die cuts from some whisper white cardstock and glued all the die cuts together to give the sentiment some weight.
I created an A2 top folding card base from some thick whisper white cardstock and cut down the watercolor panel about 1/4 inch on each side. I applied the gold striped washi tape to the left side of the card base leaving some of the white cardstock showing then adhered the watercolor panel to the card front. I used fun foam on the watercolor panel to give the piece even dimension across the card.
I then stamped the feather image onto a piece of vellum using Versamark ink and heat embossed the images in white embossing powder. I fussy cut the feathers out of the vellum and applied strips of foam adhesive on the back. I added another piece of gold washi tape to the front of the card and then added some gold thread over the washi tape. I then adhered the feathers and the hello sentiment to the front.
To see how to make this card, you can watch the video in HD on my YouTube channel HERE, or watch below: